Archive for October, 2010


I really want to be better at photographing the things I make…

It’s nothing to do with selling actually, I simply love trying to capture how beautiful and well crafted something is through a photo (hmmmm…. not everything I make is beautiful and well crafted, I should tell you that now!!  Lots of practice tends to go in to one finished article and even then it has its imperfections… or quirks.  But hey, that is the charm of handmade).

I love the creative process of making something.  But I also love the creative process of photographing something I have made.  It brings a whole new dimension to my making.  Thanks to the plethora of social networking platforms out there, once I have photographed something I make, I can share my craft all over the world.  People don’t actually have to buy the item, they can share in the joy of making and use it to spark their own ideas.  I suppose in a way, that is why ‘handmade’ will not ever make me lots of money (I can almost hear all crafters out there nodding in agreement!)  Whilst I do have a Folksy shop, it’s really not all about the sale.  It’s about the sharing of creative ideas and the community created by that.

So I intend to read up and do better.  I have found some useful blog posts about the topic and have posted them below.  I have also had a little play around with my camera today using props and natural light.  The photos aren’t fabulous, but at least that gives me room for improvement.

If anyone would like to share any tips on product photography please leave a comment on this blog post and I may well work the topic into the podcast.  Thanks!

My photos

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More photos in my Flickr photostream

Gussy’s blog

Simply Shiny Life

Etsy video blog

Handmade Europe blog


Silver Button Jewellery

Since I’ve been on half term I have been experimenting with some new PMC jewellery designs.  These will be available in my Folksy shop soon as a ‘made to order’ product (they need to be a snug fit around your wrist to sit correctly) as well as in The Gallery (for my Guernsey customers).

Please let me know what you think.  Thanks!

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iMake Podcast Promo

This is a short advertisement for my podcast – just 30 seconds or so.  I have noticed that some of my fellow podcasters have done a promo similar to this.  Now I have it, I am not entirely sure what to do with it, but nevertheless please have a listen, and share it if you feel you’d like to.  Thanks.  Click the link below to have a listen.

iMake Podcast Promo

Episode 8 – Guernseys Galore

In this episode you will learn some fascinating facts about the Guernsey knitting trade.  For example, did you know that Mary Queen of Scots was wearing white stockings, knitted in Guernsey, on the day she was executed?  Also it is (apparently) illegal for men to knit during daylight hours in Sark!  Find this, along with the usual crafty banter, in this episode of the iMake podcast.

So without further ado, here is episode 8.  Click the following link to listen online and check out the show notes below.

Episode 8 – Guernseys Galore

Show notes

iMake Ravelry group

Jane Richmond Mitten Cuffs

Cath Kidston’s book ‘Sew’

Craftypod podcast

Craftsanity podcast

Craftcast podcast

Cucumber Patch

The Gallery (Gen’s website)

Lovelypop (Hannah’s website)

Guernseys on Wikipedia

Guernsey Knitwear

Knitting research – thanks to my friends and the staff of the Priaulx library for helping me research this topic.  I used the following publications to help me with my essay:

  • Quarterly Review of the Guernsey Society (Autumn 1959)
  • What is a Guernsey? (AE Burr)
  • Guernsey Folklore (Macculloch)
  • Guernsey Press (8 July 1977)

Finally it is lovely to hear from listeners, feel free to email me on or click on any of the social networking icons on the right hand side of this blog.

For the Ravelers…

For those of you on Ravelry, I have started a group for the iMake podcast.  Click here to join.  You will need to be a member of Ravelry to join the group.  If you are a knitter, crocheter or spinner and you aren’t on Ravelry, believe me when I say this – you are missing out.  It’s fab!!  Please join and drop me a line.  That’s all from me for now.

PMC for Christmas Part 2

I have fired my PMC pieces now, but have not decided what to make them into yet.  Here are the fired items…

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Piccalilli Part 2

Well it wasn’t quite as easy to make as I expected.  The sauce that binds the pickle starts life as a mixture of tumeric, cornflour and mustard powder.  You make a paste with it by adding a little vinegar and then gradually keep adding more and more until it is a sauce.  The recipe gives no indication of what sort of consistency the sauce should have… and as mine was quite watery I just kept chucking cornflour in.  Anyway suddenly it went quite thick and lumpy.  So I put it through a sieve and I think it will be ok.  It tasted yummy, it just might be a bit, well, gloopy.  Or worse still, solid!  The other slight problem is that my kitchen is rather stained by the tumeric (I am a messy cook!)  Oops.

Anyway, here is the piccalilli in a bowl..

And here are the finished jars (check out the labels and hessian lid covers – I borrowed this idea from Making magazine).

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